Berkeley is a city-center neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, located in the area traditionally called Northwest Denver. Berkeley has experienced rapid growth and rise in property values in the last 20 years and particularly since the closing of Elitch Gardens Amusement Park in October of 1994. Tennyson Street has become a commercial and cultural center for Northwest Denver, beginning in the current decade, to rival Highland Square in nearby Highland.
New to Denver in late 2011, my husband and I spent months driving around and learning about our new “surroundings”. Often, we relied on Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) and his Denver “foodie” visits to guide us. It was in our pursuit of Guy’s recommended Tocabe An American Indian Eatery, in Berkeley, and exploring the area for hours, that confirmed: We were home!
- Location, Location Location. The location is absolutely great: Northwest Denver! Berkeley is about 10 minutes from downtown, bordered by 38th Ave. to I-70 and Federal Blvd to Sheridan Blvd. The neighborhood is home to Tennyson Street which is filled with fine eateries, art galleries, coffee shops, the Oriental Theater and more. The First Friday of every month is hopping with a family friendly vibe. There are a few parks in Berkeley, primarily Rocky Mountain Lake Park and Berkeley Park. The latter of the two also features a dog park, recreation center with indoor and outdoor pools, lighted tennis courts and a Denver Public Library. Plus, we are an easy drive from almost anywhere we need to go including: the airport, hospitals, more amazing restaurants, major freeways and the mountains!
- Character! The neighborhood primarily is made up of bungalows, Denver Squares and Victorians and in recent years new construction has been on the rise Some homes have been totally remodeled inside and out and some retain their original exterior. So variety is the spice of our neighborhood!
- Trees! This neighborhood is filled with established trees, most homes enjoying the shade of Catalpa and a variety of other trees. Some are very large and probably more than 100 years old. We find the neighborhood is quiet, although being in the middle of the city, we do hear some noises, like sirens if they’re close, but mostly we hear nothing.
- Great Neighbors! Many of the neighbors are the original residents! It seems, once you live in Berkeley Park, you don’t leave! I’ve had the privilege to meet many of the older neighbors who began their lives here… It’s great to hear their stories of how the city has grown around Berkeley Park.
- Walkers, Joggers and Cyclists Love Us! Our area is very popular with walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Generally, there are many people from neighboring areas taking in the interesting architecture, Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Park… All of which can add interest to exercise. How fun that I repeatedly see these same people at my favorite neighborhood restaurants, coffee shops and retail shops… They must notice the greatness of this neighborhood!
- Great Resale Value: Although nobody has a crystal ball to know what the future will hold, this neighborhood has been very sought after in the past years because of all of the reasons listed above. Houses typically don’t stay on the market very long, some selling in hours. Even in this recent challenging real estate market, houses in this neighborhood sell quickly and at top dollar. We hear of many people waiting and wanting to live in Berkeley. These people are set up on email notifications anytime something comes up for sale in this neighborhood, plus spend endless hours driving the streets looking for the next “for sale” sign.
It’s nice to be popular!